Pay Attention–A Moment Of Happiness Will Find You…

Quotes and Notes # 290, August 21

Daily surprises show up in strange places.

Daily surprises show up in strange places.

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them but that they seize us.”—Ashley Montagu—

There are little pieces of happiness all around us. They will reach out and grab us if we let them—and only if we let them. I was irritated that the garbage can was in the wrong place. I moved it, looked down, and found a pretty surprise lily smiling in the shade. And it was just for me. There’s a surprise moment of happiness just for you, too. It’s there every day. You don’t even have to look for it, only to recognize it.

Nine months ago, I set out to write a short article every day. A month or two later, I realized that it would be nice to have a photograph to go with the articles. The combination made for a bit of unexpected fun in my life. Every day now, as I go about my business, in the back of my mind I am on the lookout  for a picture to use in my article on the following day. Something always seems to jump out at me. It reminds me of my school days when ten children would wave their hands, jump up and down, and yell, “Me, me, choose me. Look at me, choose me.” What fun.

Smile and share a moment of happiness.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambernagle
    Aug 21, 2015 @ 10:05:31

    I love surprise lilies, too, John. They pop up just as the summer is closing as if to say, “Big changes are ahead.”

    I agree with you. You have to look for surprises and wonders every, single day.

    Best to you! —Amber


    • John P.Schulz
      Aug 21, 2015 @ 21:54:49

      The fun thing was when I went to google to search a “surprise” quote, it offered me a choice of “surprise lily.” I thought, what fun and I clicked it–quotes surprise lily–Quotes and Notes was at the top of the list. It could have just been me, but it sure was a surprise.


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